“And looking very narrowly before him as he went, he beheld two lions in the way…Then he was afraid…for he thought nothing but death was before him.” -The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
This famous book records the journey of the main character, Christian, from the City of Destruction (our world) to the Celestial City (heaven). At one point on his journey, Christian comes across 2 lions in the way. To return to his prior life means certain death and with no way around the lions, Christian is gripped by fear of what lies ahead.
Here at the beginning of 2019, we have much to look forward to! The launch of a church plant, the appointing of deacons, the continued sharpening of discipleship efforts, various opportunities for outreach and much more!
With much to look forward to…still many look ahead and see the unknown trials of the future and it can cause anxiety. Some see change and grow uncertain. Some see more than unknown trials or change. Some already see present challenges, suffering, and perhaps even active opposition, or as Christian saw: “lions in the way.” Such a sight saps anticipation and replaces it with anxiety and dread.
What hope is there then? For Christian, just at the right time a fellow-servant of God, referred to as the Porter of the palace beautiful, “happened” to observe Christian’s fear and situation as he encountered the lions and called out to him: “Fear not the lions, for they are chained, and are placed there for trial of faith where it is, and for discovery of those that have none: keep in the midst of the path, and no hurt shall come unto thee.”
This is an incredible promise to remember. The book of James states the same thing a bit differently: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2-3).
So as you look ahead to 2019 and either present trials or future circumstances, grant me to take the place of the Porter and remind you, “the lions are chained…” Fear not. Follow Christ in faithful obedience in 2019 and no harm shall come to you. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou KBC and lets look ahead with anticipation at what God will do this year in our individual lives and corporately as a church!
Walking With You,